Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!: Singing and meditating on Psalm 84:1-7

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! Psalm 84:1-7
The biblical practice of Christian headcovering (1 Cor.11) is just remarkable in many senses. (I am sure our fellow headcovering sisters agree with me!) He has guided me to a deeper path ever since I obeyed this Bible command. Now I testify to you that I have been transformed by Him so drastically that what I am today is almost totally different from what I was two years ago.
Discovery of the depth and beauty of Psalmody is one such example. All I had known in my church experiences were Contemporary Christian Music and I am just grateful for His gentle and providential guidance. Since sisters' prayer veil is deeply connected with celestial and earthly worship, I am now pondering that the discovery of the spiritual blessedness of Psalmody might be part of the work of the Spirit who is groaning and interceding for the recovery of worship.
Today, I'd like to sing Psalm 84:1-7 with you and meditate on these celestial verses together. May our heavenly King Jesus be manifested and adored as we ponder over these verses.
Psalm 84:1-7  (Psalter 227)
Verse 1
O Lord of Hosts, how lovely
Thy tabernacles are;
For them my heart is yearning
In banishment afar.
My soul is longing, fainting,
Thy sacred courts to see;
My heart and flesh are crying,
O living God, for Thee.

Verse 2
Beneath Thy care the sparrow
Finds place for peaceful rest;
To keep her young in safety
The swallow finds a nest;
Then, Lord, my King Almighty,
Thy love will shelter me;
Beside Thy holy altar
My dwelling place shall be.
Verse 3
Blest they who dwell in Zion,
Whose joy and strength Thou art;
Forever they will praise Thee,
Thy ways are in their heart.
Tho' tried, their tears like showers
Shall fill the springs of peace,
And all the way to Zion
Their strength shall still increase.

Excerpts from Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! Which were erected in the wilderness by Moses at the command of God, and brought into the land of Canaan, where the Lord took up his dwelling: here he was worshipped, and sacrifices offered to him; here he granted his presence, and commanded his blessing;

here it was in David's time; for as yet the temple was not built: it is called "tabernacles", in the plural number, because of its several parts: hence we read of a first and second tabernacle, Hebrew 9:2, there was the holy place, and the holy of holies, besides the court of the people;

unless it can be thought to refer to the tabernacle David had built for the ark in Zion, and to the old tabernacle which was at Gibeon, 2 Samuel 6:17, the whole was a representation of the church of God, and the ordinances of it;

which is the dwelling place of God, Father, Son, and Spirit, where he is worshipped, his presence enjoyed, his word is preached, ordinances administered, and the sacrifices of prayer and praise offered up; on account of all which it is very "amiable":

what made the tabernacle of Moses lovely was not the outside, which was very mean, as the church of God outwardly is, through persecution, affliction, and poverty; but what was within, having many golden vessels in it, and those typical of things much more precious: moreover, here the priests were to be seen in their robes, doing their duty and service, and, at certain times, the high priest in his rich apparel;

here were seen the sacrifices slain and offered, by which the people were taught the nature of sin, the strictness of justice, and the necessity and efficacy of the sacrifice of Christ; here the Levites were heard singing their songs, and blowing their trumpets:

but much more amiable are the church of God and its ordinances in Gospel times, where Christ, the great High Priest, is seen in the glories of his person, and the fulness of his grace; where Zion's priests, or the ministers of the Gospel, stand clothed, being full fraught with salvation, and the tidings of it; where Christ is openly set forth, as crucified and slain, in the ministry of the word, and the administration of ordinances;
here the Gospel trumpet is blown, and its joyful sound echoed forth, and songs of love and grace are sung by all believers: besides, what makes these tabernacles still more lovely are, the presence of God here, so that they are no other than the house of God, and gate of heaven;

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